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Mayor Johnson: NBA players don’t think Sterling is ‘fit to be an owner’

Published: Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 - 6:25 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 - 8:46 am

Mayor Kevin Johnson said NBA players don’t think that Donald Sterling is fit to be the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett this afternoon, Johnson said the players will decide whether to boycott games after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces his punishment of Sterling on Tuesday.

Sterling could face a fine, suspension or more, according to published reports.

“When a hint of cancer is shown, you need to cut it out immediately,” Johnson told CNN.

A man identified as Sterling is heard making racist comments on an audio recording reported over the weekend by TMZ and Deadspin. The man tells a woman identified as V. Stiviano that he is angry she posted photos of herself on Instagram posing with former NBA star Magic Johnson, who is black.

The man believed to be Sterling also orders the woman to not bring black people to his games.

Johnson, a former NBA star, is handling the NBA players’ union response to the scandal. He has said the NBA’s reaction to Sterling’s comments will be “a defining moment.”

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